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SEATTLE LASER TATTOO REMOVAL | TATTOO REMOVAL FAQ
LASER TATTOO REMOVAL | TATTOO REMOVAL FAQ

Did you ever wake up after a night on a town thinking, what was I thinking? That's right; we've seen and heard it all! Misspelled names of significant others, significant others that are no longer significant, stars on the forehead that were "in" for a month and you didn't quiet think of the permanent effect thereafter, etc. etc. etc. Although most of us here at Kucumber are proud owners of a tattoo or two, we also know how important it is to be free of one if it no longer fits your lifestyle. Hence, let us introduce you to the latest and the greatest in the laser tattoo removal industry. Make sure to check out the video below to see what the process looks like!


How are tattoos removed?

Medical lasers use a beam of light to significantly lighten or completely remove your tattoo. When the ink particles absorb the light from the laser, they are broken up into tiny fragments and then absorbed through your body's immune system. This process generally takes a few weeks. The larger the tattoo, the more sessions it will take to breakdown the ink particles.

What will my skin look like after treatment?

Right after your treatment, your skin will have a white discoloration, and the area around the tattoo may become reddish and could have some swelling. This is normal and will disappear slowly over time. Results take about 5-6 weeks after each treatment. Immediately after treatment, antibacterial ointment and gauze will be applied to the treated area to minimize infection.

Are there any side effects?

On occasion, a whitening of the skin may occur. However, normal skin tone should return within 6-12 months following your last treatment session. Since the ink used in tattooing is not regulated, some patients have only partial clearing even after several sessions.

How do laser treatments compare to other tattoo removal methods?

Other treatment options for removing a tattoo include surgical excision, dermabrasion (or sanding) and chemical peels. These methods can be painful and may often result in scarring. Laser treatments are safer. They are non-invasive and only target the ink used in the tattoo process.

What is the treatment like?

Some patients say they feel a slight sting, like the snap of a rubber band on the skin. Many treatments do not require anesthetics. However, some patients feel more comfortable with a local numbing agent, such as a topical anesthetic.

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments required for optimal results depends on the size, location, depth and color of the tattoo. Treatment should be performed 4-8 weeks apart in order to allow your body to remove the maximum amount of tattoo pigment after each treatment. Each session usually takes 10-30 minutes. You will continue to see a lightening of your tattoo after each treatment as your body disposes of more pigment. Most patients will see improvement in their tattoos and results can be quite dramatic.